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HEAVEN & EARTH Announce 'Hard To Kill' For October 6

Friday, October 6, 2017
Los Angeles hard rockers HEAVEN & EARTH release HARD TO KILL, October 6 on Quarto Valley Records. It’s available to pre-order via HEAVEN & EARTH’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering HARD TO KILL, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. A lyric video for “The Game Has Changed” was recently released and can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page. It will be available on iTunes September 22.

HEAVEN & EARTH features Joe Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has been a sideman to countless bands both live and in-studio including Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and the Rolling Stones. His distinctive style and energyis one to behold on HARD TO KILL. While on tour, the band includes musicians Mike Mangan (Hammond organ and keyboards) and Steven Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals).
Taking HARD TO KILL as a whole, the 11 original songs ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan.
With guidance from Ritchie Blackmore, Smith’s own performing career took him across Europe with various bands, through New York City, and ultimately to Los Angeles where he first formed HEAVEN & EARTH. The band released two previous albums before he met singer Joe Retta about a decade

HEAVEN & EARTH founder/guitarist Stuart Smith was born in Great Britain, the son of an RAF jet fighter pilot, and he was originally classically trained on the guitar from the age of 8. After seeing a Deep Purple concert in the early ‘70s, he got turned on to rock & roll. When he was 19 years old, he met guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and the two became fast friends. Blackmore instantly took Smith under his wing and mentored him.
ago, when both men were touring with The Sweet, known for the classic hits “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run.” After developing a strong writing partnership, Retta and Smith joined forces to continue the HEAVEN & EARTH legacy.
A native of Rochester, NY, Retta established himself as one of the most versatile singers in Los Angeles. He has performed with The Sweet, Gregg Rolie, Dio Disciples, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With Retta out in front, his powerful vocals and world-class musicianship are integral to HEAVEN & EARTH’s epic sound.
Bassist Lynn Sorensen, a Seattle native, has performed all across the globe with Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers’ band. As a teen, Sorensen studied classical violin and viola; to this day, he maintains a passion for classical music.
“We feel that HARD TO KILL is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says guitarist Stuart Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four HEAVEN & EARTH albums, as well as a few surprises.”
“The reinvention of rock comes to you from HEAVEN & EARTH. A band that brings every riff you ever wanted into the 21st century"
—Chris Lord-Alge, Multi Grammy® Award-winning mix engineer
"The new album from HEAVEN & EARTH is the real deal. Many great songs start out as a great riff, and this album is full of them. Intention, intensity, and emotion. All three are in play here. Well done, guys. Keep On Rocking!"
—Edgar Winter
“On all fronts, HARD TO KILL is an album that demands your attention. I recommend a total surrender, because those who absorb its savage beauty will be rewarded with a transcendent musical experience.”
-- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine



HEAVEN & EARTH In The Studio With New Band Lineup Working On New Album

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 HEAVEN & EARTH: Stuart Smith (Guitar), Joe Retta (Vocals), Lynn Sorensen (Bass/Vocals),
Ty Bailie (Keyboards) and Simon Wright (Drums)
HEAVEN & EARTH--the Los Angeles-based quintet who masterfully fuseelements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical on their acclaimed album Dig, which they toured Europe in support of throughout 2014--are back in the studio working on a new album (produced by Dave Jenkins and available via Quarto Valley Records) set to be released this fall (title and date TBA). In between writing and recording the new album, HEAVEN & EARTH--Stuart Smith (band founder/guitarist), Joe Retta (vocals), Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lynn Sorensen of Paul Rogers/Bad Company (bass/vocals) and Ty Bailie (keyboards)--will make an appearance at the Vasby Rock Festival in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, July 17. Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) will be filling in on drums for Aronoff, the band's regular drummer, as he's currently on tour with John Fogerty.
Says Stuart: "We've been hard at work writing for the new Heaven & Earth album which has been a long process as we felt we had a lot to live up to after Dig. We spent 14 months crafting and recording the songs for that album--and after all the positive reviews and press, myself and Bruce Quarto, our record company president, felt that we had to bring out something equally as good or better. We've been aiming for the 'better' end of the bar we previously set." Stuarts adds:  "I'm pleased to say that we've got quite a few new songs that we're really happy with and will be releasing a few teasers very soon.  We'll also be debuting a few songs off the new upcoming Heaven & Earth album at the Vasby Festival this month so we're really looking forward to that. On a personal note I'd like add that I'm really looking forward to playing live for the first time my 'Stuart Smith Signature Model' guitar built by Aero3 Guitars. It's been sounding amazing on recordings and rehearsals but I'm looking forward to blasting it out at a big festival."
HEAVEN & EARTH connected strongly with music audiences on their 2014 17-date European tour, garnering strong reviews along the way.
  •  "Those in the venue witnessed a very special show in an intimate setting and such an opportunity won`t be available for long as the band are destined for much bigger venues." (METAL EXPRESS RADIO)
  • "What a Night!...On the evidence of this performance, you should move on Heaven & Earth, not to miss them!" (ROCKTOPIA)
  • "Heaven & Earth may well have delivered one of the best shows of the year....A very special show by a hugely talented band" (THE NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE)
  • "The highly acclaimed quintet from Los Angeles have a created a fusion of Blues and Hard Rock with a touch of classical which contains everything you could wish for...power anthems, ballads and melodic rock rub shoulders in a rather potent mix" (THE BOLTON NEWS)
HEAVEN & EARTH's third studio album, Dig--released April, 2013 on Quarto Valley Records--was produced by Dave Jenkins--who's turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power. The album features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH's music comes together explosively on the album's first single "No Money, No Love" and its controversial video which has logged over 545,000 views and can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d. Stream Dig onSoundCloud or Spotify now.
The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band's founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock's most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH's first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000).HEAVEN & EARTH's groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore,Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garneringSmith the award for "Best Guitarist" and "Best NewCD" for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.



Aero3 Guitars Tap HEAVEN & EARTH to Build Groundbreaking Guitar

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Rock Blues guitarist Stuart Smith from Heaven & Earth has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with the new Seattle based company, Aero 3 Guitars.  Smith, pictured here with the prototype for the new “Aero 3 Stuart Smith Signature Model” which utilizes aerospace technology says:
“This is without a doubt the best sounding and easiest to play guitar I have ever held in my hands.  As some of you will know I have been a Strat player for all of my life so it was a huge decision for me to even think about using a different instrument but the minute I picked it up and plugged it in I knew this was the guitar sound I’d been looking for all my life.  The sustain is unbelievable, even at low volume and it only weighs about 6 pounds compared to the 9 or 10 pounds my Strat’s weigh. The workmanship is first class and the neck feels like butter”.
Aero 3 Guitars founder and CEO Rob Austin is an aerospace engineer with a Seattle based airline, and came up with the idea of incorporating aerospace technology to improve the overall sustain and sound says:
“We thought for 2+ years about what Aero 3 was and is to become.  We are not to be a Me-Too guitar builder.  There are many guitar builders that build fine guitars; however, many guitars are not changed other than for the sake of aesthetics.  While on the outside an Aero 3 guitar may look similar to other brand name guitars.  Aero 3 guitars are different on the inside; different in that we have infused aerospace technology; the total remolding of the guitar on the inside makes all the difference.  From tactile response, tone, sustain and playability, Aero 3 guitars are a game changer”. 
Rob’s partner and Aero3 Guitars Vice President, Rick Reynolds, who brings 20 years of entrepreneurial expertise assisting companies with advanced technology capabilities seeking to bring new products or services into the marketplace or expanding existing technologies into other vertical markets, adds:
“Rob reached into the heavens to grasp the aerospace technology and infused it with the woods of the earth; therefore it is fitting that Aero3’s first sponsored guitarist is Stuart Smith from Heaven & Earth”.
Stuart Smith is an award-winning guitarist who was mentored by Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore.  His band Heaven & Earth released their third album, “Dig” in 2013 to rave reviews.  The band went on to tour Europe during 2014 and are currently writing and recording their next album, slated to be released later this year.  The present line up of heaven & Earth consists of Stuart Smith-Guitar, Joe Retta-Vocals, Lynn Sorensen-Bass, Kenny Aronoff-Drums and Ty Bailie-Keyboards.
For more information on Aero3 Guitars please contact: www.a3guitars.com
For more information on Heaven & Earth please go to www.heavenandearthband.com



Exclusive HEAVEN & EARTH CD Deal

Thursday, December 4, 2014
With thanks to Quarto Valley Records and Heaven & Earth, MelodicRock.com can offer a few very special deal on Heaven & Earth’s most recent album Dig. It can be purchased direct from MR at just $8 each (plus shipping).
There is also a bundle of signed items available – JUST 2 PACKS LEFT!
Signed debut CD and signed ‘Making Of Heaven & Earth’ DVD + the latest CD Dig, all for just $40 (plus $5 shipping)
These are all sealed, new copies. See below for purchase links:
Dig CD ($8 + shipping)


Signed Package (Both CDs and DVD)($40 + $5 shipping)




Double Stop Podcast - KENNY ARONOFF

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This week on Double Stop Podcast, drum legend Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, pretty much everyone else...) talks about his path as a drummer, and how he learned to play. He talks about the 17 years (and 10 albums) he spent playing in the John Mellencamp band, how he became one of the most sought after session drummers and covers working with such bands as Chickenfoot, Heaven & Earth, John Fogerty, The Smashing Pumpkins and more.





Sunday, September 28, 2014
The organisation for Väsby Rock Festival would like to inform that the third Väsby Rock Festival will take place in Upplands Väsby, Sweden in 17-18/7 2015!
The festival will once again be over two days and the location will be at the Vilunda-Parken in Upplands Väsby.
Tickets will be sold at Tickster.se with several tickets-choices such as limited VIP-tickets, regular 2-day tickets and reduced limited “Early bird”-tickets.
This year the camping area will be located next to the festival area and will have space for tents, motorhomes and regular trailers.
In total 22 bands vill share the two stages at VRF 2015 and today we are proud to present the first seven:
- England: Magnum
- USA: Heaven & Earth
- Sweden: Work Of Art
- England: Eden's Curse
- Sweden: Astral Doors
- Sweden : Adrenaline Rush
- USA: Madmans Lullaby
All additional info will be provided at our new homepage www.vasbyrockfestival.se
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